2013 Acura RDX at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show


  • Competes with: Infiniti EX35, Land Rover LR2, Volvo XC60
  • Looks like: A sleeker, more wagon-like RDX with a longer hood and more raked windshield 
  • Drivetrain: 273-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6; six-speed automatic 
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2012  

The RDX grows up for model-year 2013, trading its sporty exterior styling cues and turbo four-cylinder for a more polished profile and a new V-6 engine.

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The second generation of the automaker’s compact SUV rides on a longer wheelbase than the previous version. At 183.5 inches long and 64.2 inches high, it’s about 1 inch longer than the previous version, but loses an inch in height. It also gets a sleeker look outside and more leather inside.

At a time when most automakers are downsizing in the cylinder department, Acura is dropping the previous RDX’s 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. Instead, the new one borrows a version of the 3.5-liter V-6 found in the TL. In the 2013 RDX, it makes 273 hp. The sole transmission is a six-speed automatic with a new torque converter. Acura anticipates that the RDX will see 20/28 mpg city/highway.

New features include a revised all-wheel-drive system, a power tailgate, a Pandora internet radio interface, SMS texting functionality, keyless access and push-button starting, a tri-view camera and a new navigation system with 60 gigabytes of storage.

No word on pricing, but the redesigned RDX should go on sale this spring.

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the rdx used to be a forgettable unrefined small suv. now, however it seems like it can run with the big boy - the lexus rx.




I used to like this small suv when first made its debut but when Acura update it with the new corporate face it ruined it. Now looking at this kinda make this suv into my shopping list again.


Um Jennifer - at the show does this look like a Venza with the Acura mug? The media profile photos make me think smaller Venza

Ken L.

I see quite a bit of the MDX here, especially the D pillar. Not bad, but not unique. It's about time Acura came out with a new torque converter. I heard there's some issues with the current one on the MDX, that was the only reason holding me back from purchasing one. If the RDX is growing, I'm going to bet the next MDX will be bigger as well.


Seems like they dropped shawd to save weight. Interior is basically the same as the 4 year old tl. A little dated.


As a current MDX owner, [who has never needed the tiny 3rd row], I'm curious of interior specs on 2013 RDX vs. current MDX. AS long as I dont have to sacrifice space in the front two rows... And yes, it does look a bit too Venza, or RX350... I want to see it in person.

dee jay

what i see in the new rdx is a 1600 dollar price increase & for this in the base model you loose fog lamps xenon headlamps cargo cover etc in the awd you loose the SHAWD & acura would have you believe in the name of weight saving

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